Discovery, Innovation and Transformation must be a Way of Life – A transformational journey of 25 years from Calcutta to Bombay via Middle East and London with stop-overs in US, Europe, Singapore, Australia, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh
She has recently been featured in The Huffington Post in interview with the renowned journalist Cameron Conaway.She has international experience across over 20 countries in leading Organisations in Strategic Business and Customer Experience Transformation, Mergers & Acquisitions and Managing Global Networks. She is also a Columnist with leading Indian media, covering Socio-cultural, Political, Media, Innovation, Leadership and Popular Culture. She is also a Corporate Coach and Mentor guiding Leadership in large organisations.
She is a speaker at the Wharton India Economic Forum, Philadelphia
She is a distinguished Panel Moderator and Public Speaker – She moderates business panel discussions and anchors high profile industry forums. She is also a public speaker on Business, Customer Experience & Technology Transformation forums on Leadership, Innovation, Consumers and Brands and Women's Forums.
She is a Jury Member at the Tata Innovations Awards ; Aditya Birla Inspiration Awards and Fair & Lovely Foundation and several Industry Forums.
Recipient of : Women Leadership award by World Women's Congress; "Pillar of Hindustani Society" 2015, Linkedin Power profile 2015 & 2016
As Co-Creator, Coffee Kettle she has been an advisor and enabler of Lateral Innovation and Leadership skills development for large and challenger corporate and consumer brands as well as in premier institutes in the country.
She established "Product of the Year" - the largest survey on retail product innovation.
Abhimanyu Jha Co-founder, CMO, Executive Director & Board Member SabPaisa
Co-founder, CMO, Executive Director & Board Member SabPaisa
Abhimanyu Jha has 10 years work experience in startups, digital marketing and branding, and product development including 8 years entrepreneurial
experience as co-founder/CMO of two startups, one in e-learning/hiring/assessment domain and the other in payments domain. He was declared among the
top 100 influential marketing leaders for the year 2016 by the World Marketing Congress. Along with having hands on experience in digital marketing,
product development, education, and content creation, he is also the author and marketeer of two novels including a bestselling thriller. He has a B.Tech
from IIT Madras and a MBA from IIM Ahmedabad.
Ajay Chhabra Head Business Development - India BotWorx.ai
Over 16 years of experience in digital marketing, branding & strategy formulation with extensive experience across industries. Ajay has worked with multiple digital
marketing agencies including OgilvyOne Worldwide & McCann / MRM Worldwide and worked upon global digital marketing projects including General Motors India. In the client
side role worked with The General Electric company (GE) in their Global Healthcare marketing Headquarters role, reporting into Milwaukee, USA, and was responsible for
Global Digital Media planning and Content Marketing. Also helped GE other businesses as well. He has worked upon a large number of global demand generation campaigns
for X-Ray, MRI and CT machines etc. Also launched global GE Healthcare website and did SEO for the same. He has got number of awards in GE for his campaigns including
India CEO award, MICT Above and beyond awards. He has been an eminent speaker in the digital marketing space and have been a speaker & panel leader at Cyber Media DQ Live
2015 on the topic of The Role of Chief Digital Officer. Recently ET Now Business news TV channel has covered him in the program highlights and have also been invited as a
speaker at The Economic Times - Real Estate & Digital Marketing Summit in 2014 for a special address and participated in panel discussions as well.
Ananthanarayanan V Founder & Chief Executive Officer Techdivine Creative Services
Founded a Digital marketing agency in Mumbai, India in 2010 that has catered to 37+ brands across 19 industries in 5 countries (India, USA, UK, UAE & AUS).
12+ years of total professional work experience with prestigious global brands.
Won the Global Peter Drucker Challenge award:ENTREPRENEURS category across 40 countries.
Interviewed by BBC Business – Money & Finance at GPDF14 in Vienna, Austria about my digital agency's innovative solutions.
Conducted Corporate Training programs on Digital Marketing across 23 cities in India.
Published three books, one of which was covered by the Times of India team in Mumbai.
Ashish Kumar Co - Founder BeaconsTalk Technologies
Ashish is an seasoned entrepreneur and angel investor with successful track record of entrepreneurial ventures in F&B (QSR) and online media/content. Ashish has over 10 years of experience in private equity and management consulting and has previously worked at Shapoorji Pallonji, Indiabulls, Jones Lang LaSalle, DTZ, BDA Partners and Deloitte.
He is currently a co-founder of BeaconsTalk Technologies (www.beaconstalk.com), India's largest A.I based proximity marketing network, that offer brands the ability to contextually target consumers directly through mobile phones or chatbots. BeaconsTalk is assisting several large marketing companies in India to deliver their contextual advertising at socially relevant locations such as bars, restaurants, malls, airports, wellness centres or at the point of purchase.
Bhaskar Bose currently holds the position of Managing Director for the Indian operations of Meltwater Group; a San-Fran based SaaS Company that is currently the global leader in Media Intelligence and Insights.
An avid debater since school days, Bhaskar holds a dual degree in Electronic Engineering and Technopreneurship from the National University of Singapore. After a brief stint in Apple Inc.(Singapore) for 6 months, he joined Meltwater in 2009. Working across geographies like Singapore, Cape Town, Hong Kong and India, Bhaskar started the department of Client Success in 2011 founding many of the current methodologies for Client Relations and Client Growth in the Meltwater India operations. He stepped up as Managing Director within 4 years of joining the company and currently runs one of the most consistent offices in Meltwater globally, with an average client portfolio growth of 112% YoY and revenue growth of over 200% in the last couple of years.
Outside of work, Bhaskar is a big fan of Stephen Hawkings given his passion for astronomy. Elon Musk remains his Entrepreneurial motivation. In his spare time, he likes to delve into his childhood interests around the fascinating world of Marvel, DC and Japanese Manga - a hobby he claims he will never let go.
Devanshu Bhatia CRO Digital TV Today (Transitioning in to Zee to launch a new channel under a JV)
CRO Digital TV Today (Transitioning in to Zee to launch a new channel under a JV)
As Manager Marketing at Info Edge, he conceptualized and aired the famous "Hari Sadu" TV commercial and campaign for naukri.com. This was also the period he activated and designed the digital marketing campaigns for Info Edge (naukri, jeevansathi, 99acres). Naukri's listing under this tenure was one of the most successful IPO in India. Post this he joined Yatra.com, where he worked to position Yatra as a competitor to offline travel centers and creating opportunities to work from home selling Yatra packages.
Headed Alliances and New Initiatives at Indiatimes where he launched and marketed new digital businesses like hutk.com, timesdeal.com, gitanjalishop.com and others. He served as Head of Indiatimes Shopping for Fashion and Lifestyle. In 2013 moved to Mumbai, to develop the complete e-commerce and digital marketing landscape at Reliance Brands to market and sell online the various brands under RBL umbrella like Diesel, Super Dry, GAS, Kenneth Kole, QuikSilver, Steve Madden and many more.
At present he is the Chief Revenue Officer, Digital with TVTN (Aajtak) working as the digital evangelist setting TV shopping, mobile and digital business. Very recently he has got this business valued at Over Rs. 200 Cr by Zee Media and is leading the JV operations with the group
Gajanan Sapate Founder & Director SocialChamps Media Pvt. Ltd.
I am a digital marketing enthusiast and a passionate entrepreneur. I co-founded CollegeKhabar.com in 2008 which then became India's one of the largest student driven information portal.
I am founder & Director of SocialChamps, one of the growing Social media agencies in India. Growth has been tremendous, a bootstrapped startup founded in 2011, we have worked with more than 400 brands worldwide which includes startups, SME's and even Fortune 500 brands. At SocialChamps we offer strategic social media consulting and end-to-end execution to brands. We have been working with brands like CPPLUS, Sandvik Asia and ESRI India.
I am also a part of budding startup ToRoots, a market place for experiential tourism.
Harish Keswani Marketing Technologist Business Mojo.
With 27 years of rich marketing experience by his side, Harish is an established techno-marketing specialist, having developed and launched multiple products /services across IT & Telecom industries.
An entrepreneur at heart and a seasoned business professional, Harish is multi-faceted and possesses a deep insight in captaining a business enterprise. He currently consults for small business growth through pragmatic marketing strategy including Digital marketing & social media outreach.
Over the years Harish has driven multiple high profile launches with extensive media interactions and campaigns while working with the who's who of IT and Telecom sector. His expertise spans a wide range of areas including Marketing Strategy, Product Management, Internal and external Communications, Branding, Digital Marketing, Public Relations and Consultative Sales.
Harish holds a B.E degree from VESIT, Mumbai University, and his engineering background helps in ensuring the right positioning of technology based products and services in the marketplace.
Mitchelle Carvalho is a 1st generation entrepreneur, having co-founded CogMat at 23 years of age. She began working at the age of 17 and her core strength lies in Business Development in Software Services, IT recruitment and Internet Marketing. Mitchelle identified the growing need of social and digital media marketing services by brands and thus co-founded CogMat.
6 years on, CogMat is ranked among India 100 Best Digital Media agencies and is proud to render services to local and international brands in Aviation, Technology, FMCG, Retail, Education, BFSI and Technology verticals. Mitchelle likes reading on body language and human psychology, learning new languages and travelling the world in her spare time.
Nagaraj Kuchangi Founder and Communication Specialist Access 1 Solution Digital Marketing Pvt Ltd.
Founder and Communication Specialist Access 1 Solution Digital Marketing Pvt Ltd.
Growing up as kids we were provided everything we needed and had fun, My dad use to travel a lot, stayed in different cities, but was a very very strict guy, I could talk to him only through my Mom but, I dealt with NO COMMUNICATION.
I use to talk only in my mind and want to express a lot of things but feared talking back and I felt SUPPRESSED
I had a moment during my late school - early collage days, where I was helping a friend with a challenge of Visibility and I enjoyed helping my friend. They became closer and came back with more request, they enjoyed and I enjoyed, The equation changed to Deals where Money got Involved and for those days it was GREAT MONEY. I GOT More Involved and made More and More and More Money for me and my friends with lot of fun. We all know sometimes Easy Money is Done with Unethical ways.
One Day I got a call from an hospital, It was from the Elderly Guy who introduced me to the venture and he was on his death bed. I spent the day with him discussing and he made me REALISE, I was moving Fast Make Money but THEN what started as HELPING looked like it was all about MONEY and it was Unethical.
That was the moment I DECIDED and it was the last day I was part of that unethical Business.
Today IN MY BUSINESS I have been helping clients to GET VISIBILITY and COMMUNICATING to a LARGE AUDIENCE in a very ETHICAL manner. I like to help people looking to reach a large client base to Sell, UP-SELL, CROSS SELL OR ENGAGE using the most cost effective Digital Marketing.
Neeraj is the Country head for India at AdParlor. Responsible for the GTM (go-to-market) strategy in the country, the seasoned sales leader will oversee operations, business development and client retention of the social and video advertising platform.
With over 20 years of experience in sales and marketing in various global leadership roles, Neeraj has extensive experience in building & scaling businesses, defining growth & monetization strategies and building effective teams. As such, companies around the world such as Google, Sony Ericsson, IgniteWorld & Ericsson have gained significant market share and built up their brand presence through Neeraj's efforts.
A passionate digital evangelist, Neeraj joined Google during the infancy of digital advertising. Based in the EMEA HQ of Google (Ireland office), he played an integral role in creating the monetization model for SMB's, forming the global expansion team, and also helping Google build and scale business in emerging markets.
Today, Neeraj continues to steer the region through rapidly evolving trends in digital advertising and programmatic buying at AdParlor. Neeraj's track record of breaking into new markets and leading high-performing teams makes AdParlor well-positioned to take on the Indian market.
When Neeraj is not at his desk, he can be found spending time with his two sons, or travelling across countries (50+ and still counting) to experience different cultures and foods.
Paresh Mandhyan is the Head of Marketing at RateGain, a SaaS platform for the travel and hospitality domain. He has been instrumental in setting up
digital marketing processes and functional teams for various B2B SaaS companies including RateGain, Cvent (recently acquired for $1.83B) and Advanced
American Inc. Currently, based in Delhi, Paresh has over twelve years of experience working in India, UK and the US in various aspects of the marketing
mix but has been solely focused on growth hacking via digital channels for the past 8 years. Paresh holds a Master's degree from University of Wales,
UK with specialization in Marketing.
Prasad Shejale Co - Founder & CEO Logicserve Digital
Prasad Shejale is a lover of 'All things Digital'. For him digital is a huge universe where marketing tools, platforms and digital products play vital role in benefitting the client's need.
His passion for digital marketing & a sense of understanding people makes him a unique entrepreneur who knows how to transfer an effective idea into a successful campaign. An IIT Madras Alumnus, his intuitiveness makes him a go-to for solutions or converting ideas into reality.
With more than 20 years of experience, Prasad's expertise lay in scaling up entrepreneurial ventures, product innovation, predictive analytics to solve problems, etc. He has been instrumental in setting up and growing integrated digital media agencies in India & UK. He has also set up successful consumer facing brands in India and Europe such as Couponraja, CompareRaja, BigTicketShop, etc.
He currently spearheads Logicserve Digital, the Indian arm of Logicserve Group.
Prashant Puri is the co-founder & CEO of AdLift, a Digital Marketing Solutions company headquartered SF Bay Area with offices in Gurgaon, India. He has recently joined as advisory board member of ad:tech 2017 and serving as advisory board member of PHD chamber of commerce since long.
An alumnus from Columbia University, Prashant is a digital marketing expert having an extensive 13 years of industry experience. With his ability of building websites into multi-million dollar enterprises, he played an instrumental role in setting up the company and taking it to a high growth trajectory.
Recently, Prashant has also founded a new venture, Yral (pronounced 'Viral') which is a joint venture between cricketer Yuvraj Singh's YouWeCan and AdLift. Yral is a platform that connects advertisers with celebrities by leveraging their social media network.
Prior to founding AdLift, Prashant played the Head of Global Marketing at eBay's comparison-shopping arm - Shopping.com, where he established footprints of the company worldwide. Before that, Prashant's leadership role at Yahoo! revolved around cutting edge technologies that focused on driving synergies between search and display.
In 2005, he successfully nurtured A&T Interactive into the second largest local search player by leading their foray into the digital marketing world.
Vetted as an industry expert and veteran, Prashant is being invited to speak at numerous digital marketing conferences and conventions around the world, including SMX, SES and Pubcon; and has contributed to several search marketing journals including Search Engine Journal and Marketing Pilgrim.
Today, AdLift is one of the country's top search-marketing firms, focused on delivering digital marketing ROI. To keep company's elevations high, Prashant works closely with a number of Fortune 500 companies including PayPal, eBay, Overstock & Barnes & Noble, helping them increase their search market share.
Prashant is an avid skier and loves hitting the slopes every chance he gets! In summer, he enjoys the occasional rafting and kayaking.
Pratik Dholakiya is the Co-Founder of E2M, a full-service digital marketing agency, and PRmention, a digital PR agency. He regularly speaks at various
conferences about SEO, Content Marketing, Growth Hacking, Entrepreneurship and Digital PR. Pratik has spoken at NextBigWhat's UnPluggd, SMX Israel, and
other major events across Asia. As a passionate marketer, he shares his thoughts and knowledge on publications like Search Engine Land, Entrepreneur Magazine,
Fast Company, The Next Web and the Huffington Post to name a few. Search Engine Watch, one of the most respected platforms in the search industry, recognized
Dholakiya as a "must follow" SEO expert. He has also been named one of the top content marketing influencers by Onalytica three years in a row.
Ranjeev Vij Head of Digital Innovation and Strategy Zeno Communications India Pvt. Ltd.
Head of Digital Innovation and Strategy Zeno Communications India Pvt. Ltd.
Ranjeev is a seasoned advertising and digital strategist with a passion for changing behavior through memorable, engaging campaign and transformational digital experiences. In his career spanning over 20-years, he has run agencies and digital startups in South Asia and Europe. He believes in building brands with a purpose routed into strong human truths and passion points. At Zeno, Ranjeev leads Digital Strategy and Innovation apart from helping brands on integrated communication strategy.
His work for clients like 7UP, Airtel, Aviva, Coca-Cola, DHL, Gillette, and Visa has been recognized at various award shows including Cannes, Spikes, ADMA, WARC, World Mobile Conference.
Rohan Mehta Chief Executive Officer Social Kinnect
Having spent some years in IT Sales and Technology Resourcing in California, he decided to set up his own ventures in India. At the onset of Digital Media becoming a revolution in marketing, he decided to set up a Digital Marketing Agency with a vision to provide a creative digital marketing solution that match the clients goal. He started of with a team of 4 people and in the last 5 years, have expanded into a 100 people team with multiple clients in the B2C, BFSI and FMCG Space.
He loves to work with clients who embrace the power of digital media, respects great creativity and diligent client servicing and effort. He never compromise on quality also his enthusiasm hits new heights when he meets like-minded clients!
Ronak Thakkar Chief Operating Officer More - The Unagency
Ronak Thakkar is COO of more-the unagency, a boutique creative digital agency. He's also runs two other ecommerce startups namely Takshaya and #bhookh. He helps ecommerce startups with operational and marketing guidance and is also a big data enthusiast. Apart this he likes to write on entrepreneurship and travel in his free time.
Sachin Karweer Business Head Hinduja Global Solutions Interactive
Business Head Hinduja Global Solutions Interactive
As the Business Head of HGS Interactive (HGSi), Mr Karweer has been instrumental in implementing digital transformation for various clients in India and the UK. His portfolio includes the implementation of Unified Customer Experience Delivery Model and End-to-End Program Management for various MNCs.
He is a firm advocate of innovation, cutting edge technology and robust processes - a perfect winning combination in the digital domain. An industry pioneer, he co-founded one of India's first dotcom portals www.forindia.com in 1999. The portal was soon acquired by the Hinduja Group and since then, he has nurtured and grown HGSi into a full-service digital solutions company. He has over 15 years of experience in business strategy, solution design, delivery and project management in the digital domain.
Mr Karweer has a background of BE in Electronics & Telecommunications and an MBA. He was recognized as one of the Most Talented Social Media Professionals of India for 2015 by CMO Asia and Youth Marketing Forum.
These past few years, it seems the only thing being introduced at a faster rate than new technology for us adopt are the buzzwords that come with it. Anyone looking to enter the digital medium should be prepared to adopt an entirely new lexicon, seriously. One of these words which caught my eye was Digital Growth Hacker and I like to call myself that for good reasons.
But when you get right down to it, I'm much more — I am a brand manager, business development manager, an entrepreneur, an influencer marketer, content strategist, media strategist, analyst and a digital evangelist.
In the current age, I'm a big believer in the power of content & conversations if distributed and triggered in the right fashion.
The current generation, loves to consume content (in any form or type) and talk about it - be it movies, sports, news, politics or even brands.
According to me content is the new advertising and conversations are the new target message.
I follow the Pop culture and strongly believe that creating or reflecting a pop culture or a counter culture can start a strong consumer movement for the brand.
In a nutshell, my passion for brand and consumer is coupled with a love for big-picture planning and daily operational management.
This is what I do best and love most.
Linearly, my experience says 10+ years in Brand Marketing, Sales & Marketing Strategy, Digital Strategy and Innovation, CRM and so on…
I have been fortunate to work on multiple brands across different sectors. To name a few Samsung, LG, Microsoft, PepsiCo, Quikr, Mahindra & Mahindra, Aviva, Commonwealth & Education for Government, Bacardi…
To unwind from the above, I love to travel to travel to the hills.
Shefali Walia, founder, WeTravelSolo, is an MBA in Marketing and Sales and served several positions in Business Strategy and Marketing profession before founding WeTravelSolo. She always had zeal to travel and has been traveling solo since past couple of years. She has never abated her passion for traveling and decided to feel the pain of traveling solo herself before suggesting it to others. She has been researching and working on this unique concept of solo traveler`s community since last 2 years. During her professional years, Shefali has worked towards the growth of various startups in different stages of their business. She patiently studied their Business Model, Strategy, Financing structures and mistakes etc. She has experience of working in various industrial sectors like e-commerce, manufacturing, beauty & cosmetics and retail. A blend of intense travelling and five years professional experience impelled her with an innovative start-up idea – i.e. WeTravelSolo, A Real Life Social Networking Platform that has disrupted stranger / solo networking from online to offline.
Somnath Kedia Business Head - All India IFB Industries Ltd.
Somnath Kedia is a Management & Engineering graduate having 20 years (+) of quality experience in Sales, Marketing & Product management. He's responsible for the entire P & L of the business handled at IFB. Somnath has travelled around the globe on business, starting from USA, Germany, Italy, Czech republic, Singapore, Malaysia, Nepal, China, Thailand, Dubai etc.
He has created a strong and dedicated team of fellow colleagues and constantly motivate them and throw them new challenges for their growth. Somnath specialises in building business from scratch and growing the same and making company's bottom line stronger. His biggest USP has been turning unprofitable businesses/ companies in to highly profitable one within shortest time possible. He posses strong entrepreneurial skills with a pleasing personality. He has been actively involved with various NGO's like Beti Padhao Beti Bhacho, Stop killer on wheels etc...
Founder and Chief Content Officer Ephemeris Content Labs / Flarepath
Saurabh Kanwar is the founder of the digital content marketing firm, Flarepath, now part of Deadline Advertising. A '98 batch JBIMS alum, he helped build branded content like the VJ Hunt and Roadies at MTV. Saurabh set up the brand-solutions vertical at Disney Television, the first in the global Disney network. Then, at Channel [v], he drove early digital/social successes as head of Content/Communication.
Flarepath has worked with brands like D?isney?, Youtube, Star TV, Phoenix Malls, Ginger Hotels, IDFC, Bank Bazaar, VH1, Diageo, Diesel, ?& ?digital marketing for films like Dear Zindagi and Dangal??.
Saurabh's current mission is to build branded youth communities ?driving quality user content, ?like visualdisobedience, OkayPotato, The Odd Traveller, The Fashists, Kleinetics and ATKTdotIN.